• The equipment needed to integrate with the existing components.
    The equipment needed to integrate with the existing components.

New Zealand’s iconic Whittaker’s chocolate company has installed a new, custom-built piece of machinery that can weigh and bag up to six different flavours of chocolates in one operation.

Founded by J.H Whittaker more than 120 years ago, Whittaker’s remains a family-owned and operated company now managed by the third generation, Andrew and Brian Whittaker.

With almost 200 staff at its factory in Porirua, Wellington, Whittaker’s produces chocolate products for the domestic and export markets.

New product, new equipment

When Whittaker’s decided to add a new product line, new equipment was needed at the production facility.

Whittaker’s engineering manager Herbert Aregger approached Enmin Vibratory Equipment to design and build a custom piece of equipment. It needed to be a multi-pack delivery system connected to a six-split multi-head weigher. A crucial requirement was that the new equipment would integrate seamlessly with existing components. It was to be a full turnkey installation by Enmin.

Read the full story >>>

Packaging News

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said today it does not oppose Orora’s sale of its Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper subsidiary Australian Paper.

Australian company Aldus has acquired foilmaker API Foils Europe (excluding its Dutch and Asian subsidiaries), creating a new company, API Foilmakers.

Yoghurt business The Collective is introducing recycled plastic (rPET) across its packaging as part of a company-wide sustainability effort to reduce its environmental impact. It also features a specially designed recycling icon on its label.